Commentary

Schwieterman: Cattle futures finish Tuesday lower, corn improves

Feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower on Tuesday, with March posting a second consecutive triple digit loss. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash trade follows beef prices lower

Beef prices ran out of steam and began to fall last week, pulling cash prices lower as packer bids were not as active on shrinking margins. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures lower as corn pushes higher

Feeder cattle futures felt the double whammy of lower fats and higher corn on Monday. FULL STORY »

Beef cattle industry just beginning transition to expansion

Recent record high cattle prices and much lower feed prices have just begun to provide the profit incentives that will be necessary to move the beef cattle industry toward expansion after a continual decline in numbers since 2007. FULL STORY »

Inventory shows 2013 results and what to expect in 2014

As expected, the annual cattle inventory report confirmed that the U.S. cattle herd continued to liquidate in 2013. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Higher corn values limit feeder gains

Feeder cattle futures settled moderately higher on Friday, leaving March .55 higher for the week. The cash index backed off .43 on Friday but finished the week up .78 from the Friday before. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Feeder market levels off Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold unevenly steady to $3 lower. The full decline was noted in the Northern Plains where prices have been the highest, while Kansas feeders continued as much as $3-$4 higher. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Uncertainty in the cash market, corn market up

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower on Thursday, as corn prices made new highs for their current move, gaining 6 cents on the day. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cash index levels remain on the rise

Feeder cattle futures finished at the top end of a nearly 3.00 trading range on Wednesday, with March trading from 2.00 lower to .85 higher into the close. FULL STORY »

Different perspectives on cattle basis

Early in the year, a common marketing practice is to take a look at basis levels. You never know when subtle changes can slowly derail your price expectations. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures finish Tuesday lower

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower in all but the expiring January contract on Tuesday. Steady corn prices and falling fat cattle futures weighed on feeders. FULL STORY »

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